JEANNE DU BARRY – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Maiwenn’s Jeanne du Barry is visually stunning, packed with lavish, eye candy costumes and all the splendor and opulence of Versailles itself. The director, who also stars as the title character, has crafted a film about the last mistress of King Louis XV (Johnny Depp) that is gorgeous to watch and, ultimately, surprisingly poignant. Maiwenn’s Jeanne is a fascinating character, full of life and unwilling to live it on anyone’s terms but her own. That there is no gratuitous sex or nudity adds to the movie – and I doubt a male director would have had that restraint. It’s proof that a scene can be sexy without being graphic and it keeps us focused on Jeanne as a whole person, not just a body.

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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, DISORDER, MY KING, PETE’S DRAGON and other August 12 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Top pick for this week is Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep as the self-styled diva whose voice could shatter

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